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Ins and Outs of Photos

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Photos are one of the most important aspects to attracting potential buyer’s online. A quick list of do’s and don’ts below.

  1. Submit your photos prior to sending in your listing paperwork. You can do this online via our prelisting manager portal or email the photos to us at info@congressrealty.com
  2. We can always reduce photo sizes but we can’t increase the photo size. Thus, when in doubt, email us the larger photos and we can reduce them to fit the MLS standards for you.
  3. Front elevation photos matter. Take a photo that is bright and inviting and free of objects such as power lines or trash cans.
  4. Try not to take vertical shots. Quite often, MLS’s will rotate these sideways.
  5. Most all MLS’s will not allow writing or text on the photos.
  6. We can easily accommodate a request to put photos in a specific order. The easiest way to go about this is to label your photos 1.jpg, 2.jpg, etc…
  7. If your photos are too large for you to email, use hosting sites like Dropbox. However, if you password protect your dropbox file, please remember to give us access.
  8. Many sellers take the approach of ordering the photos in a way that resembles the potential buyer walking through the house. We recommend putting your best and most attractive photos first. ┬áThe reason? Not all buyer’s are going to flip through 50 photos to get to your beautiful Las Vegas Strip View… Lead with your best features.
  9. The # 1 problem I see with photos that we receive is interior photos are too dark. There is nothing less attractive when it comes to photos than dark interior shots. Really focus on getting windows open, lights on, timing the photos with the proper sunlight, etc… to amplify the brightness of the home.
  10. If you hire a professional photographer, consider having your photos taken around twilight time. (unless your home is naturally dark inside)